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PHONOLOGY: the delay of vibration of the vocal cords after the production of a voiceless consonant. There is a short period of air stream heard as a 'h'-like puff, designated with the phonetic symbol [h], as in English pin: [phin]. In some languages (cf. English) aspiration is predictable and position-bound.
LIT. Chomsky, N. and M. Halle (1968)
Kenstowicz, M. and C. Kisseberth (1979)